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Somerville Auto Repair Tips: Your Brakes Might Be Talking

Posted by Mikes Automotive on Fri, Oct, 27, 2017 @ 15:10 PM

Wait a minute - do you hear that? If you stop and pay extra attention to your car, you might realize that your brakes are trying to tell you something. Whether it's a sound, a feel or an obvious warning light, your brakes can and often do, communicate with you.

Our friends at the non-profit Car Care Council put together this great infographic that sums up nicely, what you should be on the lookout for.

Auto Repair Somerville Brake Tips

We hope this infographic helps! And remember - if you have questions about brake service or any other Somerville auto repair needs - we're always here to help!

Tags: Somerville Auto Repair, Somerville Auto Shop, Somerville Auto Service, Car Tips, Infographic

Feeling Thankful For Somerville Auto Repair Award

Posted by Mikes Automotive on Wed, Nov, 23, 2016 @ 12:11 PM

It's Thanksgiving, and we have a lot to be thankful for. We've completed another year in such a great city - not to mention 36 years in business! More importantly, we've met and helped so many wonderful new people that have moved into our city, or just needed a locSomerville Auto Repair Award - Scout's Honored.jpgal guy to take care of them.

So, when people speak up about the great service they've received at our shop, it means the world to us!
And we're so humbled that it's happened again. Mike's was awarded the 2016 Scout's Honored Award for Best Auto Repair.

We were the first Scout's Honored winner in the Auto Repair category back in 2014. The category was briefly retired in 2015, but brought back for 2016. Winning it again, the first year it was brought back, felt great. It reminded us that people really appreciate what we do. And we're happy to say that we're going to keep doing it!

So, if you're looking for quality Somerville auto repair, just remember, we'd be honored to help you!


Tags: Somerville Auto Repair, Somerville Auto Shop, News, Awards, Somerville Car Repair

Somerville Auto Repair Tips: Automatic Vs Manual Transmission

Posted by Mikes Automotive on Fri, Sep, 30, 2016 @ 20:09 PM

Believe it or not, we service a decent amount of vehicles with a manual transmission. A lot of people are surprised when they hear that. After all, wouldn't most people want an automatic transmission? Well, not exactly. To better explain the difference, we found an infographic that sums it all up, nicely!

Somerville Auto Repair | Automatic or Manual Transmissions

We hope this helps! And remember, if you've got any more questions about transmissions, or are looking for a new Somerville auto repair shop, you can always reach out and ask us - we love making new friends!

Tags: Somerville Auto Repair, Somerville Auto Shop, Somerville Car Repair, Car Tips, Infographic, Transmission

Somerville Auto Repair Guys Talk Toyota Connected

Posted by Mikes Automotive on Fri, Jun, 24, 2016 @ 12:06 PM

We all know that the cars of today are advanced - every car has multiple computers in it that all talk to each other, in order to give you a great ride. Well, it turns out that what we already have is just the tip of the iceberg! The automotive world got big news recently from Toyota - the launch of Toyota Connected.

Toyota is about to make major use of data - yes, your data. But in a good way. The Japanese power houseSomerville_Auto_Repair_Toyota.jpeg is making major investments in being able to use both opt-in and public social data, to predict customer behavior. That may sound a bit scary, but it is so much more awesome!

For example, Toyota will know which sports teams you like. And if it senses that you're headed toward the stadium, it will offer to prepay your parking. That's is truly amazing!

Toyota Connected CEO, Zack Hicks, is on a mission to free people from the "tyranny of technology." The idea is to use technology to work for us in the background - and get the phones out of our hands! Now, that idea is a revolutionary as the technology he'll use to do it!

We're big fans of Toyota - we work on a lot of them! And we share their passion for technology and desire to make a better experience for their customers.

So, if you've got a Toyota Camry, Corolla, Highlander, or any other Toyota model, remember that these Somerville auto repair guys have got you covered!

Tags: Somerville Auto Repair, Somerville Auto Shop, News, Somerville Car Repair, Toyota

Somerville Oil Change Guys Announce Saturday Hours

Posted by Mikes Automotive on Wed, Dec, 09, 2015 @ 09:12 AM

For some time now, we've been getting a lot of phone calls from people asking the same question: Are you open on Saturdays? Then we hear the sigh of disappointment after we deliver the answer. Well, by now we've heard the message loud and clear - Saturday service is a must in today's hectic, on-the-go world.

So, we're happy to announce that we are now open for business on Saturdays! And we promise that ourOil Change Somerville award-winning service will be just as good on day six.

What can you get done on Saturdays? Well...everything! As usual, you can receive service for tires, brakes, fluid flushes, or any other problem that creeps up on you. If you're in the area and looking for a quick Somerville oil change - stop in for our while-u-wait service - we'll have you back on the road in no time.

We've always wondered: If we build it, will they come? Now we know that you will. And we can't wait to welcome you to Mike's!


Tags: Vehicle Fleet Maintenance, Somerville Auto Shop, Union Square, News, Somerville Oil Change

Mike's Celebrates 35 Years of Somerville Auto Repair

Posted by Mikes Automotive on Tue, May, 26, 2015 @ 15:05 PM

The month of May is always a great time of year in Boston - the flowers are blooming, the warm weather returns and summer is upon us. But this May offers something extraordinary: We're celebrating our thirty-fifth anniversary!

As many of you know, it all started back in May of 1980, in a small one-bay shop. Mike set out on a mission to provide unparalleledAuto Repair Somerville auto service and to protect local residents from the big pricey dealerships and lack-luster chain shops. Now, thirty-five years later, that mission is alive and well - it has evolved into an ongoing journey, rather than a destination. And one that Mike is happy to be a part of!

You see, thirty-five years is a long time. We've witnessed a lot over these years providing Somerville auto repair and have watched our beloved city progress into an amazing urban community - one that we're proud to call home!

One of the best things about coming to our shop is knowing that we've been here for a long time  - and we'll always be here!

So, we hope you'll join us in celebrating our thirty-fifth anniversary. It certainly means a lot to still have you with us. We'll keep doing what we do - helping you and protecting you, every step of the way.

Oh and, here's to another thirty-five years!

Tags: Somerville Auto Repair, Somerville Auto Shop, Somerville Auto Service, News, Somerville Car Repair

Somerville Auto Repair: The Smell Test

Posted by Mikes Automotive on Wed, May, 21, 2014 @ 11:05 AM

At Mike's, we get a lot people who come in because their car has a certain smell. They're always baffled by what the smell could be and if they should be concerned. As a qualified Somerville auto repair shop, we always figure it out. But you can now have a head start - our friends at the Car Care Council put together a neat infographic that that will provide some more insight on what that smell may actually be - and why you do need to be concerned.


Auto Repair Somerville


Hopefully, with this information in hand, you'll have a better idea of what may be going on with your vehicle the next time a strange smell arises. Have you had any other funky smells that aren't on this list? Let us know - we'd love to hear what else is brewin' out there!  

Tags: Somerville Auto Repair, Vehicle Fleet Maintenance, Somerville Auto Shop, Somerville Car Repair, Car Tips

Boston Auto Repair Award: Take 9

Posted by Mikes Automotive on Tue, Mar, 25, 2014 @ 10:03 AM

It's that time of year again - when we get to announce something that we worked tirelessly for all year long. Mike's has been awarded the 2013 Angie's List Super Service Award!

This marks the ninth year in a row that Mike's has received the most coveted Boston autoBoston Auto Repair - Angie's List repair award. Now, that's no easy feat! Angie's List customers are the most discerning of all, as they expect nothing but the very best service provided to their vehicles - and by friendly, helpful people.

Announcing that we have won the Super Service Award is one of our favorite posts every year! The award is something that every shop dreams of attaining, but most seldom do. And as some of you already know, Mike's has been receiving this award for a very long time. In fact, back in 2005, we were the first auto shop in the entire state of Massachusetts to receive the award - and we've won it every year since!

You don't have to take our word for it - take Angie's! Along with throngs of loyal customers, she has attested to the quality service you'll receive at Mike's.  

So, when the conversation moves to car repair, rest assured that both Mike and Angie have got you covered! Afer all - they're both super!

Tags: Boston Auto Repair, Boston Car Repair, Somerville Auto Shop, Angie's List, Super Service Award, Awards

Somerville Auto Shop: Somerville News - Great Community Blog

Posted by Mark Pedersen on Wed, Nov, 10, 2010 @ 17:11 PM

Somerville As a Somerville auto shop dedicated to community blogging, we have to give it up to great folks in the community who are doing their part to spread the word about what's going on around town. And, with Halloween in the books and the 2010 holiday season here, we need as many good sources as possible to keep up on what's going to be a busy event season.

The Somerville News is a great resource to keep up on community happenings - they cover arts & events, and are one of the most comprehensive sources online for Somerville high school sports news. There's an active community of commenters, too, which can make for good reading.

A recent story on the Aledermen's efforts to ban a particularly potent and popular alcoholic beverage, 4Loko, drew a lot of empassioned ire from the reader base. We love a good comment thread, and that the citizens of Somerville are so empassioned about how the Aldermen are spending their time. As an auto shop, your non-intoxicated driving is our concern, but we take no particular positon on 4Loko.

We look forward to following this fabulous site, and sharing more insights with our community members - and most importantly, helping you get the best auto service from a locally owned, Boston sustainable auto repair shop.

Green Auto Repair Boston - Sustainable Auto Repair Boston

Tags: Boston Sustainable Auto Repair, Somerville Auto Shop, Blogs